Opening up local government data?

Openly Local

[Openly Local](http://openlylocal.com/) is a [recently launched](http://countculture.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/they-work-for-you-local/) “first draft of getting hold of and making accessible local government data in a consistent and useful form”.

There is generally a lot of support for open data from central government in the UK – particularly from the [Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI)](http://www.opsi.gov.uk/), the [Cabinet Office](http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/) and with Gordon Brown’s [recent announcement that he is asking Tim Berners-Lee to help open up government data in the UK](http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/open_goverment_berners-lee_and_the_uk_to_show_obam.php). We are pleased to see that OKF Director Rufus Pollock’s call for [Raw Data Now](http://blog.okfn.org/2007/11/07/give-us-the-data-raw-and-give-it-to-us-now/), which Sir Tim [cited in a talk at TED](http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/tim_berners_lee_on_the_next_web.html), has [played a prominent part in his advice](http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2009/06/sir_tims_cry_raw_data_now.html)!

However, open government data does not seem to receive such attention in local government.

Openly Local has made a start on opening up local government data:

> To start off, I’ve concentrated on getting the basic information — current councillors, committees, membership of those committees, and minutes for those committee meetings. I started off with a little over a dozen councils (though that’s since increased to over 40 of them).

At the time of writing this includes information on: 61 councils, 3797 councillors, 2065 committees and 11922 committee meetings.

We’d love to hear examples of local government data that is already explicitly open – and suggestions for local government data that you’d like to be made open!

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